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I Have Had Spinal Surgery

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 67 People

    Neck Pain

    Hi, I have had an anterior discectomy with decompression and fusion in 2003 on c5 - c6 (for those who know the surgeon enters through the front of the throat to access your spine (neck).  Also, in 2009 I had another C6-c7 this time decompression surgery and disc...
    clwainwright clwainwright 41-45 2 Responses Aug 25, 2009

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    Spinal Stenosis

    Hi fellow pain endurists, only desperate people like me will know how it feels to live in a never ending world of pain... unfortunately have been diagnosed with osteoarthritits/spinal stenosis which has been the cause of unbearable sciatica for the past 6 months. I had to leave...
    Sanree Sanree 51-55, F 1 Response Sep 24, 2013

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    Spinal Surgery

    i had emergency spinal surgery on nov.22 after falling 17 ft. off a ladder at work.they gave me a t-10 l-3 fusion and a cage.1 of my vertebra was crushed and the other was destroyed.i now have neurogenic bowel and bladder.theres pain of some sort everyday,but ican walk and do...
    billbuzz billbuzz 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 12, 2012

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    Emergency Thoracic Fusion

    In October of 2008 I went to my primary care doctor for my annual physical. I told her I had been having a lot of pain and that my back felt like it was broken. After xrays and MRI's they told me I had a herniated disc that was putting pressure on my spinal cord and that I needed...
    Sambouka Sambouka 31-35 Dec 22, 2009

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    Just Had Spinal Surgery For Spinal Stenosis

    I would just like to share my surgery, I am 26 female, and on March 21, 2013, I went to the emergency room because my right leg was paralyzed, they ran a MRI and within 2 hours of having the MRI done, I had a Neurologist come into my room and tell me that I had to have spinal...
    MeiDio MeiDio 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 30, 2013

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    I'v Had 5 Spinal Surgery's And Have a cage around my disc in lower lumbar

    August 27th 2007 was my first spinal fusion of my whole upper spine then december 4th 2008 I had my lower section fused, Febuary 2nd 2010 I was opened up from neck to tail bone area so they could Try and clean out an infection. 4 months later I started getting a fever of 104.5...
    karinaleavens karinaleavens 18-21 10 Responses Nov 10, 2011

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    I Am Looking At Having Disc Replacement

    ia there anyone who has had disc replacement? if so could you please send me details of your experience and how has it effected you since having the surgery. at the moment i am only being offered FUSION.
    englishrose24 englishrose24 51-55 1 Response Oct 29, 2010

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    I Am Writing This For Anyone Thinking Of Having Spine Surgery

    I want to share my experience, in case it helps anyone else: may what happened to me never again happen. I only ever went to the "best" surgeons. Surgeon #1 trained at the Mayo, taught at an Ivy league medical school, and had wall plaques coming out of his ears - with a very...
    LightHealing1000 LightHealing1000 41-45, F 7 Responses Sep 10, 2010

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    I had it at gosh when I was 8.

    Near the end I had a strange hankering for water. Missed 3 months of school. MSG me if u wanna know more 😜
    Nickstar13 Nickstar13 13-15, F Aug 10, 2014

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    My 360 Spinal Fusion

    Hi, my name is Janice and 3 weeks ago I had a 360 spinal fusion with hardware at my l4 l5 and s1. This was to correct a broken vertabrea and two ruptured disks. I also had alot of nerve pain in both my legs that caused them both to feel like pins and needles and it just kept...
    jgoodwin104 jgoodwin104 22-25, F Oct 19, 2012

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    My Past Operation

    I had a scoliosis since my childhood, +50º degrees, and evoluting, i was operated and fortunately, everything went well. Now i'm fine, although after first month of operation i had many pain.
    Tvfc Tvfc 18-21, M Jul 28, 2013

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    Neck Pain Is Better

    I had spine surgery in October 2008. The doctor fused C-2,3,4 because of herniated disks and arthritis. I had been in a lot of pain in my shoulder and neck and was losing the feeling in my hands. The surgery went fine and I was home within 24-hours. Two or three days later when...
    LoneBlogger LoneBlogger 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 30, 2011

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    Microdiscectomy @ L5/S1

    Microdiscectomy at L5 S1 HI Everyone, Would like some advice/comments good and bad with regard to my experience of recent surgery. First off here's my story. Twelve years ago I experienced a pro-lapsed disc which left a snag pushing into my sciatic nerve. Despite having two...
    Warried Warried 51-55, M 1 Response Oct 3, 2013

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    Spine Surgery For Spondylolisthesis.

    I had surgery for Spondylolisthesis by Dr. Michale Hasz of the Virginia Spine Institute. I found Dr. Hasz as well as the Institute's staff to be among the most professional I've encountered for anything anywhere. I am healing just fine and can see good improvements.
    Spondylolisthesis Spondylolisthesis 66-70 Nov 15, 2012

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    2 Failed Back Surgeries

    iva had 2 different l5-s1 discectomies, now contemplating a fusion, im scared as hell, i watch youtube videos and it is scaring me even more...im sure i wont feel anything while in surgery but leading up to it is killing me,and also thinking about the recovery isnt helping none...
    jojo713 jojo713 36-40 1 Response Apr 29, 2013

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    S1 Fusion Charite Disc Replacement At L4/5

    Hi everybody so good to find this forum .i had my surgery in 2008 on the Gold Coast .All went well however I was told I could go back to everything ,work( pool builder) exercise with no restrictions .I did this as I had to to support my family and run my business .I think this...
    Wolffy1 Wolffy1 51-55, M 2 Responses May 26, 2013

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    On the 19th I had my first lower lumbar surgery.

    I broke my back November 11, 2012. I'm scared now. after the surgery the surgeon stated that I will need it fused in a matter of years. I'm have been so independent even after the injury. I find it so hard to ask for help to pick things up off the floor. Or to even put on socks...
    BrandiLyn09 BrandiLyn09 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    Spinal Fusion July 30, 2013

    I had spinal fusion surgery on July 30th of this year. When I woke up I was in sooooo much pain. They said the first 24-48 hours is the worst - they were not kidding! I didn't think I would make it through the night but I did and they got me out of bed and walking the next day...
    GenH GenH 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 8, 2013

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    I am having a spinal fusion on my lower back.

    The disc is gone! Mr I showed compressed nerve. Tops of my feet hurt. And right leg pain is unbearable at times. The neuro surgeon said my pain would be completely healed because only 1 disc is involved. Can the nerve be permanently damaged? I hope not! The pain is awful. I'm...
    sourapplemix sourapplemix 46-50 3 Responses Feb 15, 2014

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    I was 15 when I had scoliosis surgery. My spine was at an 85% curve and wasn't detected for many years. It was so bad I had to have brain surgery first for a shunt so it would...
    XoXoJeSsA XoXoJeSsA 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 21

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    Put to sleep. When I was told some years ago I would have to have a general anaesthetic for a hernia operation, I was very upset. I’d been knocked out for an operation when I was...
    macmann macmann 56-60, M Apr 14

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    Put to sleep. When I was told some years ago I would have to have a general anaesthetic for a hernia operation, I was very upset. I’d been knocked out for an operation when I was...
    macmann macmann 56-60, M Apr 14

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    I have had six surgeries in my life one as a child and four as an adult - never scared as I have had good surgeons but always ask for a good pain medication for about a week- I...
    blonde10 blonde10 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 17

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    59 years old and I have had 6 heart attacks since 2003. The first heart attack I had came on slowly over a few days with symptoms I excused as probably being heart burn because the...
    keltech keltech 56-60, M 1 Response Apr 19

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    some bromances need to come to an end. I have had three dudevorces. The first one was quite painful, but he was a douche and didnt understand my mood disorder. The other two...were...
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 20

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    I was at work . As a nurse. On a nightshift . A summers morning just about full light . Myself and another nurse were checking on a very poorly patient . In a bay of 6 beds . He...
    laird laird 61-65, M Apr 25

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    I have had enough... Of people who are homosexual, refusing to accept it and deeming it as 'wrong' and 'weird' to feel the way they're feeling all because their religion tells...
    Skin0Man1 Skin0Man1 18-21, M Apr 9

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    I have had so many precog dreams. I try to concideration them a blessing though the vibrancy and detail of dreams is normal for me, it's nearly impossible for me to distinguish...
    StygeanHugh StygeanHugh 31-35, F Apr 20

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    I HAVE HAD A FRIEND FOR 25 YEARS. HE HAS AN IQ OF OVER 150. HE ALSO HAS SCHIZOID PERSONALITY DISORDER, BI POLAR TYPE 2 AND PTSD AMOUNGT SOME OTHER YET UNIDENTIFIED NEUROLOGICAL...
    cavedweller2 cavedweller2 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 21

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    I wonder but it's probably 0 people because well who would have a crush on me, I'm ugly but I have had crushes that will never love me back haha I love the fact I'm ugly and going...
    ItsJustRebecca ItsJustRebecca 13-15, F Apr 28

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    i have had my faith in people restored by my professor in college. He started teaching my class three years ago. I wait for his lecture from one week to the other. he is the main...
    candles700 candles700 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    In January 2014, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I had a 37 degree curve. By April, I had a whopping 60 degree curve. So I had to have spinal fusion surgery. It was done in October...
    CallieR00 CallieR00 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    At age 11 diagnosed with scoliosis back in 1980, got my brace at age 13, never wore it): please young girls wear your brace! My spine continued to curve, surgery was recommended...
    jewellidelay jewellidelay 46-50, F 1 day ago

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    I've had surgery five times on my right eye to try and attach my Retina but none of them worked sadly.
    Just1n12345 Just1n12345 18-21, M Apr 20

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    I had bunion removal surgery yesterday 4/21/15. Now that the numbness is fading the pain is noticeable. I take my pain meds every 4 hours. I have found Vicodin works better than...
    blessedmomma blessedmomma 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 22

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    I just had a huge knee surgery last week. I think I am becoming depressed about it because I can't go out anywhere, I can't go to school, I can't see my friends ect. The whole...
    stfuabi stfuabi 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    Yes, I have indeed. In 2011, I broke my hip. Due to the incompetence of the doctors I was dealing with at the time, it ended up being broken for seven months. I finally found a...
    sorceroussymbiote sorceroussymbiote 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 17

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    I have not been fared on yet but I really want a cute guy to fix that!!
    ganandalone ganandalone 22-25, M 2 hrs ago

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    It was horrible. When I was between the ages of 16 to 17 in 2011 in my first year of sixth form I had a crush on this girl. I liked her because she actually seemed interested in me...
    ZemaLDFM ZemaLDFM 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 15

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    I haven't been able to really talk about this until now, and I'm a writer, so think it'll help if I just tell about my first, and last, love. His name is Randy, and I've loved him...
    JLester1700 JLester1700 18-21, F Apr 9

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    When I just got out of work I really needed to got to the bathroom but I hated my job's bathroom so I rushed home. but they had a major accident on the road. so I sat in traffic...
    RachealMarcus RachealMarcus 18-21, F 6 Responses Apr 7

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    when I was about 18 I HAD a panic attack. heart racing, felt like couldn't breathe, sweating, dizzy,heart palpitations. I thought I was having a friggin heart attack. I had many...
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    Last night well this wasn't a dream it was a nightmare about a *******,crazy girl I used to be extremely close with I ended our friendship because she's threatened to murder,rape...
    Imanotamachine Imanotamachine 18-21, F Apr 11

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